Capturing Expertise for the Evaluation of Photographs

Roger Bruce

Abstract


How is an archivist or curator to know if a supposed vintage photograph is the real thing? This is an important question for historians who must establish the veracity of information that inheres in the image, or for collectors who must verify the pedigree of the photograph as antique object. George Eastman House of Rochester, New York is building its CEEP (Capturing Expertise for Evaluation of Photographs) database to provide information on distinguishing characteristics of materials, processes, and methods used in the production of historic images. Project Co-director Roger Bruce describes this unprecedented work to document the fundamental stuff of connoisseurship for fine photographs.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v13i8.2243



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